TAG: Solar energy

Cool Ways To Reuse Pizza Boxes For Educational Fun

Cool Ways To Reuse Pizza Boxes For Educational Fun

Back to school time often means hurried days and busy evenings, which can sometimes equal a dinner of one of the favorite go-to take out foods for hurried mealtimes – pizza. There are endless ideas for reusing pizza boxes. The following are a few for giving the pizza box a spotlight as the leftover that can be focused around educational activities for kids. A simple do it yourself pizza box solar oven is a fun weekend project to involve the whole family or to entertain sleepover guests. With just a few supplies and sunlight children can learn how the process of… read more

Decked Out

Decked Out

Homes that have a place for hanging out on the deck are a bonus when the weather is nice. The following are neat indoor – outdoor designs that incorporate decks with style. The team at Andrew Maynard Architects have developed many interesting projects, and several of their residential designs offer an element of whimsy along with modern construction. Their update of this Australian vacation house included a sprawling, easily accessible outdoor deck area that gives the place a unique façade. This deck on the Anglesea beach house renovation is a unique and fun presentation. Built with timber, it stands out from the original… read more

Getting Outdoors

Getting Outdoors

You don’t have to be an avid camper to appreciate the idea of escaping the tethers of modern day life – clocks and alarms, ringing, beeping and message alerts. Getting away from it all is something we all crave, especially when the weather outside is welcoming. These transportable homes made just for traveling bring up a case of wanderlust. For water adventures, this houseboat designed by Sascha Akkermann is a space that was created to provide all of the amenities of a land dwelling, just with changeable views. A stay in a studio houseboat like this one would certainly make… read more

A Concept Design Committed To Nature And The Senses

A Concept Design Committed To Nature And The Senses

Concept designs can be innovative, fun and visually inviting. One over the top idea for a home by the sea is from Martin Ferrero Architecture. Called Xálima, this model for a multilevel mansion is pretty amazing. According to the design team, this is architecture that is committed to the senses and nature. Hugging into the side of a hefty cliff and enveloped in living greenery, the idea for the home’s foundation is a bit out of the ordinary, to say the least. The cliff backdrop and adjacent waters are important as they complement the surrounding area of the residence. Trying… read more

Artificial Leaf Nearing Completion

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Researchers are close to completing the development of an artificial leaf that could generate hydrogen. The leaf would run on solar power and convert water into hydrogen and oxygen efficiently. The goal of the project is to create a viable renewable energy as part of the BISfuel initiative by the Energy Frontier Research Center — a company funded by the Dept. of Energy. “Initially, our artificial leaf did not work very well, and our diagnostic studies indicated that a step where a fast chemical reaction had to interact with a slow chemical reaction was not efficient,” said ASU chemistry professor… read more

Solar Power for a Dollar a Day

Solar Power for a Dollar a Day

Solar power for our own homes seems like an unattainable dream for many of us, as we aren’t in a position to come up with a big chunk of change to buy a solar PV array, even if it might mean that eventually, we get free electricity for life. And if we’re renters, not owners, then investing in a solar array for our home doesn’t make a lot of sense, as we’re not able to make ‘permanent’ improvements to the dwelling, when we’ll eventually just move on. But a new mobile solar power array might be the way to go,… read more

This Solar Fire Starter Fits in Your Pocket

For a great little gift for the outdoorsman or adventurer in your life, or for your favorite emergency preparedness enthusiast, or even your own “bugout” kit, you might consider picking up one of these little pocket devices. The Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter, from Solo Scientific Inc., is a combination tinder box, solar fire starter, and signaling mirror, that’s small enough to fit in your pocket. This little gadget has no moving parts, uses no batteries or flints or fuel, and can even start a fire using Xenon HID car headlights. “The Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter™ is… read more

This Gadget Takes the Guesswork Out of Home Renewable Energy

This Gadget Takes the Guesswork Out of Home Renewable Energy

If you’re considering installing a small renewable energy system at home, such as photovoltaic solar panels or a small wind turbine, you might want to find out just how much energy you can expect to get from those systems at your location, before spending the money. One way to do that is through using a little device that is said to accurately measure the wind and solar energy potential at your location, such as the Power Predictor. This gadget measures the wind speed and direction, as well as the solar potential, and sends the collected data to an online portal… read more

Freestanding Solar Canopy Offers Shade and Power

Freestanding Solar Canopy Offers Shade and Power

Generating solar power with an array of solar panels on the roof or as a pole-mounted array could be a boon in many different situations, but being able to get solar electricity while complementing, not competing with, the existing architecture can be a challenge. However, if there was a way of installing solar power systems without major construction or disrupting the visual appeal of a location, we may see wider adoption of this clean energy option. And with the introduction of NRG’s Solar Canopy, that just got a lot easier. “We designed the solar canopy to complement a full-scale solar… read more

Experiments For Kids

Solar Science Experiments For Kids

Kids soak up learning just like solar panels soak up the sun. Invest in their learning with science experiments that will teach them about how solar energy works. Children love hands on activities, and the following are great ways to incorporate instruction with fun. One way to put perspective into how solar energy can operate at home is to do a site evaluation. Have kids explore their outdoor area to see which spots in the yard get the most amount of sun, looking for things that may affect how much sunlight hits different areas. Have them observe things like trees or… read more